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America is #BuiltByImmigrants

02/28/2014

I recently got introduced to FWD.us, and immediately understood the power of organized action in shaping the future of the United States – both as a whole and individually in the future of millions of people affected by a broken immigration system.

FWD.us is an organization founded by key leaders in the American tech community, which promotes policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform.

Please take a moment to read the stories of hundreds of immigrants that have come to the US in search of opportunities and have also given back to the community in such diverse ways. Each of us has faced the good and bad, and ultimately it is in our hands to make a difference for the present and the future generations.

Hoping to shape that difference, I have shared my own story with FWD.us as part of their #BuiltByImmigrants campaign. Please tweet it, email it, share it… and join us in this crucial moment in history – Read it here

 

Education in Humanities and Living a More ‘Fulfilling Life’

02/14/2014

I stumbled upon this article on The Crimson. Great read. I would never change my education in humanities, and especially as a lawyer, because it has had a huge impact on my ability to analyze the greater picture, learn from every area of life, and continue to apply it in others.

Please enjoy.

 

What Is It Like to Be a Human?

The humanities seem to have a half-life approximately that of Caesium-137. On some campuses, arts majors are more difficult to find than gluons. The humanities today have less stature than the fossils of Homo floresiensis.

The number of humanities degrees awarded has decreased by half since 1967, sparking an increasingly urgent debate about the role of the humanities in a 21st century education.

Last fall The Crimson joined a crescendo of pundits and scholars in critiquing the humanities for their impracticality and irrelevance in an increasingly digitized world. But before we repurpose Hemingway and Steinbeck into kindling over which to roast our former English teachers, perhaps we should consider why we seek education in the first place.

The cliché is that the purpose of a liberal arts education is to teach us to live more “fulfilling” lives. Like many well-worn platitudes, there is some truth behind the pretty rhetoric. That’s because the humanities allow us to recognize the power of our consciousness to interpret the world around us.

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China’s Huge 3D Printers, Soon Able to Print Automobile Sized Metal Objects

02/10/2014

Story via 3dprint.com

BY  · FEBRUARY 6, 2014

One of the biggest possible economic impacts of 3D printing  to the U.S. economy is the fact that it may eventually allow corporations to bring jobs back onshore from China. The United States outsources a large number of jobs over to Asia as a way to cut labor costs. 3D printing and robotics promises to change some of this, as companies can utilize industrial scale 3D printers and automation to manufacture parts for their products, cheaper than even the labor force in China can produce them. That’s if, of course China lags behind in their adoption of these technologies.

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Again: Why Bitcoin Matters

01/21/2014

Bitcoin has kept me on my toes over the last months. I have been following this cryptocurrency wave closely and the following article really caught my attention. It appeared on the New York Times’ DealB%k on January 21st, authored by Marc Andreessen – founder of the most famous Venture Capitalist firm in the world.

Like everyone else, Marc might just be wrong with his predictions about Bitcoin; but, like everyone else, Marc might just be right. I do believe, though, that he has perfectly summarized most of the pro’s of the Bitcoin and tech structure. He could have definitely spent more time digging into the cons, but we are not here to talk about what Bitcoin can’t do but rather about what it means and could mean to the world.

What I consider as the most interesting part is the comparison between Bitcoin and personal computers in 1975 and the internet in 1993. As I posted on my twitter, I believe this is the real point to be taken into account: we can’t predict if Bitcoin will be successful or not, but we can easily recognize that it is taking a trajectory and receiving the type of objections which have strong similarities with those originally faced by personal computers and the internet – and for a very clear reason: they are here to change the world.

See below for the full article:

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Printing new lives: how 3D printing could change the developing world

01/09/2014

via The Telegraph

Technology gets a bad rap, too often. Twitter is reducing our attention spans, computer games are making us violent, texting is ruining our ability to spell, Facebook is turning us all into sociopaths or something. Generally speaking, the people complaining about this are doing so by typing it into their fantastically useful multipurpose computing tools, or speaking over their satellite-linked handheld communication devices that can also link them in seconds to the large majority of human knowledge, but never mind the ironies.

The latest technology on the cusp of wider uptake is 3D printing, and, in traditional style, the chief focus has been on its dangerous uses: 3D-printed guns (which, as my colleague Willard Foxton has pointed out in the past, are plastic-barrelled single-shot jobs which can only be used about eight times before the barrel breaks), and parts for military aircraft. Boring uses like making parts for, I don’t know, Ikea flatpack furniture (and cool possible uses like self-replicating, evolving von Neumann machines) rarely get mentioned. It’s all of a piece with that marvellous Douglas Adams quote:

Continue reading… Printing new lives: how 3D printing could change the developing world.

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